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Someone who is absurd is wildly illogical or inappropriate ridiculous Oxford English Dictionary When we think of someone who is absurd we think of someone who would do things that we would think would be illogical An absurd hero is someone who exemplifies the characteristics of a hero but punishes them self by achieving acts that we would deem useless Albert Camus states that his view of an absurd hero through the example of the Myth of Sisyphus is that their passion for life win them the unspeakable penalty in which the whole being is exerted into accomplishing nothing Although it may seem to them that they accomplish nothing they do pave the way for people after them to finish In both The Mission and A Man For All Seasons written by Robert Bolt we see characters who struggle for a cause but in their lifetime they achieve nothing They also struggle for this cause in ways that would seem absurd Although they made no changes in the time they were alive they did set the way for changes and this gives them a heroic quality In both pieces by Robert Bolt the characters Gabriel from The Mission and Thomas More from A Man For All Seasons are absurd heroes Both characters use their conscience to make decisions that appear heroic yet have absurd undertones In The Mission Father Gabriel a Jesuit missionary comes to convert the noble natives of eighteenth century South America He Lives with them and takes the same risks as they do Gabriel has made the conscious effort to dedicate his life to these people converting them and defending them from the corrupt Europeans who want to turn them into slaves This clothes Gabriel with his heroic quality Gabriel makes his decisions based on his conscience so that he feels good He sees that putting his all to converting and defending this tribe would ease his conscience Like Sisyphus
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